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Introducing the new Search Console

By | January 8th, 2018|crawling and indexing, products and services, search console, search queries, sitemaps, webmaster tools|

A few months ago we released a beta version of a new Search Console experience to a limited number of users. We are now starting to release this beta version to all users of Search Console, so that everyone can explore this simplified process of optim...

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Introducing Rich Results & the Rich Results Testing Tool

By | December 19th, 2017|rich cards, rich results, structured data, webmaster tools|

Over the years, the different ways you can choose to highlight your website's content in search has grown dramatically. In the past, we've called these rich snippets, rich cards, or enriched results. Going forward - to simplify the terminology -  ...

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#NoHacked 3.0: Fixing common hack cases

By | December 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

So far on #NoHacked, we have shared some tips on detection and prevention. Now that you are able to detect hack attack, we would like to introduce some common hacking techniques and guides on how to fix them!

  • Fixing the Cloaked Keywords and Links Hack
    The cloaked keywords and link hack automatically creates many pages with nonsensical sentences, links, and images. These pages sometimes contain basic template elements from the original site, so at first glance, the pages might look like normal parts of the target site until you read the content. In this type of attack, hackers usually use cloaking techniques to hide the malicious content and make the injected page appear as part of the original site or a 404 error page.
  • Fixing the Gibberish Hack
    The gibberish hack automatically creates many pages with nonsensical sentences filled with keywords on the target site. Hackers do this so the hacked pages show up in Google Search. Then, when people try to visit these pages, they'll be redirected to an unrelated page, like a porn site for example.
  • Fixing the Japanese Keywords Hack
    The Japanese keywords hack typically creates new pages with Japanese text on the target site in randomly generated directory names. These pages are monetized using affiliate links to stores selling fake brand merchandise and then shown in Google search. Sometimes the accounts of the hackers get added in Search Console as site owners.

Lastly, after you clean your site and fix the problem, make sure to file for a reconsideration request to have our teams review your site.

If you have any questions, post your questions on our Webmaster Help Forums!

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Getting your site ready for mobile-first indexing

By | December 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

When we announced almost a year ago that we're experimenting with mobile-first indexing, we said we'd update publishers about our progress, something that we've done the past few months through public talks in office hours on Hangouts on...

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#NoHacked 3.0: Tips on prevention

By | December 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Last week on #NoHacked, we have shared on hack detection and the reasons why you might get hacked. This week we focus on prevention and here are some tips for you!
  • Be mindful of your sources! Be very careful of a free premium theme/plugin!

    You probably have heard about free premium plugins! If you've ever stumbled upon a site offering you plugins you normally have to purchase for free, be very careful. Many hackers lure you in by copying a popular plugin and then add backdoors or malware that will allow them to access your site. Read more about a similar case on the Sucuri blog. Additionally, even legit good quality plugins and themes can become dangerous if :

    • you do not update them as soon as a new version becomes available
    • the developer of said theme or plugin does not update them, and they become old over time

In any case, keeping all your site's software modern and updated is essential in keeping hackers out of your website.

  • Botnet in wordpress
    A botnetis a cluster of machines, devices, or websites under the control of a third party often used to commit malicious acts, such as operating spam campaigns, clickbots, or DDoS. It's difficult to detect if your site has been infected by a botnet because there are often no specific changes to your site. However, your site's reputation, resources, and data are at risk if your site is in a botnet. Learn more about botnets, how to detect them, and how they can affect your site at Botnet in wordpress and joomla article.
As usual if you have any questions post on our Webmaster Help Forums for help from the friendly community and see you next week!

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A revamped SEO Starter Guide

By | December 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

There are lots of resources out there to create great websites. Website owners often ask Google what our recommended practices are to make sure great websites are search-engine-friendly. Traditionally, our resources for beginners were the SEO Starter G...

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Web Design Weekly #302

By | December 11th, 2017|Newsletter|

Joe Lencioni explains the techniques he used to profile Airbnb's listing pages, the tools he used to optimize it and see the scale of the impact it had. Peggy Rayzis walks through a couple of hands-on examples to show you how integrating GraphQL into your application will solve many pain points working with remote data and som much more. Enjoy.

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